Under the banner of ‘Miss and Mrs Punjaban Australia 2014’, a beauty pageant was organised by Sanjhi Awaaz Radio on August 24 at Springvale City Hall , Melbourne. The event was aimed at supporting and preserving the Punjabi culture while recognising the talent of the Punjabi women.
A crown that defines the identity of beauty, placed elegantly on the winner’s head at a beauty pageant, becomes the symbol of perfection and dignity. For the young generation, ‘beauty pageants’ are not only a place to showcase their beauty, but also a platform to display their inner strengths and cultural values.
‘Miss and Mrs Punjaban Australia’ is one such beauty pageant based on Punjabi culture. This pageant was sensational in its own way as it was a beauty contest where participants came dressed in Punjabi clothes and wearing traditional jewellery.
The organisers of the pageant believe that beauty of a woman is divine. Beauty includes lovely thoughts, cultural values and virtues, along with the sharpness of mind which should be brought to the fore in the most admiring manner and that was the theme of this beauty pageant.
The event was organised by Shama Bhangu, Executive Producer of Sanjhi Awaaz radio , Gurdeep Singh, Amandeep Kaur and Gaganjot Arora.
The idea was conceived and matured only in a short time of two months, but the tireless efforts of the organisers were clearly depicted by the standard of the show they organised.
After several rounds and auditions, 21 contestants were selected for the ‘Grand Finale’ which received overwhelming response with more than 450 people attending the show. ’State Member of Parliament’ for ‘Clayton District was the guest of honour.
The panel of judges for the show included of five independent judges Alex Singh (award-winning director), Jaswinder Sidhu ( lecturer RMIT University), Surpreet Sekhon ( Lecturer LaTrobe University ) , Kudrat Makkar (entrepreneur), and Jasmeet Sangha (Miss Australia Punjaban 2013 winner).
Suita Sethi, who was the MC for the evening, entertained the audience with her singing, acting and humour.
The Grand Finale was divided in to five rounds including bridal , solo dance performance , talent round, Cat –walk and Quick Round (where the contestants were asked questions ) and finally there was a Gidhha round where the contestants showcased their Giddha skills.
On the basis of performances and other rounds, Harmanpreet Kaur was crowned ‘Miss Punjaban Australia -2014 , whereas Amanpreet Mann Khaira was crowned as Mrs Punjaban Australia- 2014.
Alex Singh, famous film director, who was one of the judges at the show will be casting few contestants from ‘Miss and Mrs Punjaban Australia 2014’, based on their talent in ‘AMTA Australia Tour -2104’.
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